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Rebecca JS Nice

E-mail: rebeccajsnice@gmail.com

Tel: 07984 045285

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Bio

I worked as a dance teacher, lecturer and choreographer for eight years specialising in tap and jazz in theory and practice. I have a background in Art History and am currently training further in medieval and early modern history and contemporary choreography with a particular interest in live art. At the early stage of my dance writing career, I review and analyse theatre and dance performance and am working on a paper for publication. I am a mature student at The University of Winchester where I am also employed as a Project Officer with the Learning and Teaching Development Unit.

 

Writer

I am a regular paid contributer of The Winchester Guide, edited by Donald Hutera, where I write features on theatre, performance and history in the local area. I am currently a dance specialist for Total Theatre Magazine, where I regularly review dance and theatre. I also have a dance essay under peer review for an academic journal and am working towards its publication. I am also employed by the University of Winchester in the Learning and Teaching Development Unit as a Project Officer. I liase with staff members and write documentation for student resources and website content.

 

Dancer

Alongside my choreography course, I am choreographing my own live art piece with a view to touring it after I graduate. This summer I performed for choreographer Charlotte Ewert in an historical masquerade for an English Heritage event at Bolsover Castle, combining my training in history and practical dance. I train in contemporary dance at The Point, Eastleigh and regularly attend Ceroc and Salsa classes and events. I performed in the 2012 Hat Fair for choreographer Bettina Strickler and regularly model wedding dresses for Brides of Winchester’s wedding fairs. I also attend classes with Nocturn Dance Company, performing with them in Caversham Festival 2013. I continue to work on my Tap training by attending workshops with Tap Attack and attended a week long dance intensive in summer 2013 in Contemporary and Jazz. In Easter 2013 I was selected to attend a two week exchange at Shenandoah University, Virginia, representing the University of Winchester. Choreographing and performing in their showcase and attending an intensive timetable in contemporary, jazz, ballet, tap and social dance.

2010 - present

2010 - present

Education, Qualifications & Professional Development
University of Winchester

2011 - present

I am studying towards a BA combined Honours in Choreography & Dance and History. I recently completed my second year with an average first clas mark of 74% for the year. I am a Student Rep for the history department, and have recently become a lead Student Fellow after working in a Student Fellow team for a year. This is a competitive role, working alongside the university’s Learning and Teaching Development Unit on a mobile device scheme. As a student fellow, I have presented at a National Conference for Change Agents and attended conferences on technology and teaching. At the end of my first year, I was awarded the prize for the highest scoring student in my year from the History department and was gifted tickets to a show from the dance department for my success in dance writing. I was also selected by the dance department to attend a two week intensive at Shenandoah University, Virginia, April 2013.

Nonsuch Historical Dance Company

2012 and 2013 Summer Schools

In 2012 I was award a bursary by the Early Dance Circle to attend the Nonsuch summer school and this year I have been awarded the Belinda Quiery Research Fund for research in Historical dance. The course is practically based and in addition, I intend to write articles on choreographic practice and repetition in historical dance and gender and relationships in Historical dance.

The London School of Beauty and Make-up

June/July 2007

Foundation Make-up Certificate: Awarding Body VTCT

An intensive, competitive make-up course, allowing me to freelance as a make-up artist alongside teaching dance.

The Courtauld Institute

2004-2005

I completed the first year of an undergrad degree in History of Art, developing astute analytical skills and learning to write an argumentative style within a pressured academic environment.

Open University

2004

‘Art and its Histories’ 60 points at level 2

Art History Abroad

2004

Whilst studying towards my A2 in History of Art, I won a bursary to attend an art history course in Florence, based around my Early Florentine Renaissance Module.

Hurst Lodge School, Ascot

2001-2004

A Levels:  Dance (A), Textiles (A), History of Art (B) AS Level:  Art (A)

Head Girl and Head of Council

Beaconsfield High School

1997-2001

9 GCSEs               1 A*, 7 As, 1 B

Dance Qualifications
Hurst Lodge School

2003-2004

Associate Modern ISTD, B. Advanced 1 Modern, B. Gold Jazz, A. Intermediate Tap, A. Intermediate Ballet, RAD, Pass.

I trained with Derek Hartley, in jazz-tap at Pineapple Dance Studios. I also continued my professional development by training in Jazz, tap, flamenco, fusion-funk and yoga classes at Pineapple, Dance Attic, City-Lit and Tri-yoga Soho.

Work

Current Employment

Project Officer

June 2014-present

 
 
PG Wells Book Shop, UOW.

2012 - present

As part of the Learning and Teaching Development Unit at The University of Winchester, I attend meetings representing the team regarding university wide proposals. I write content for the University website and create resources and documentation for students.

PG Wells Book Shop I currently work as a sales adviser during term time in the university bookshop. I also represent PG Wells bookstore at acadmeic conferences, mothly medieval seminars, book launches and writer's conferences both independent and hosted by the University of Winchester.

Student Revalidator

2013-present

I am employed by the university's Quality and Managment team to sit as an internal student revaldidator. I have contributeed to the Re-validation of the Accountancy porgrammes and PG Cert in Primary Medical Health Care.

CTM Events Steward/Traffic Marshall

April 2013-present

I work for CTM on a regular events as a steward or traffic marshall. Royal Windsor Horse Show 2013, and Battle Proms, Hatfield House and Blenheim Palace 2013, Boomtown Festival 2013, Star Gazing Live 2014 and other concerts.

Brides of Winchester

2012-present

Twice a year I model wedding dresses for Do Tell The Bride, a wedding fair held at The Holiday Inn Winchester. This involves catwalk modelling, performing the first dance with the Groom and a photoshoot.

Past Employment

 

Film Extra Work

July 2013

 

I worked as an extra for the film ‘Posh’, filmed in Winchester’s Great Hall, acting as Oxford and Cambrige students watching a fencing match between the lead characters.

Exams Invigilator

Summer exam periods 2011, 2012.

ST Mary’s School, Gerrards Cross, invigilating A-level and GCSE Exams.

Creative Academy, Commercial Techniques Tutor for BA Hons in Dance/ Jazz, Tap technique tutor/Personal Tutor/Choreographer

2006-2010

 

I ran a Commercial Techniques module, delivering theoretical Power-point presentations and practical workshops covering the history of styles such as the Charleston and African Dance, deconstructing repertoire and choreographing for showcases and performances. I applied academic theory to the subjects to deliver lectures and used research and investigative skills to uncover information. I used both Power-point and practical demonstration to present and communicate ideas effectively. I learnt to plan over a period of time and to adapt quickly, making decisions based on new developments as they arose.

Pineapple Dance Studios

Jazz Tap teacher

Freelance Dance Teaching

2003-2011

 

I have seven years of freelance experience, teaching community classes, company classes, extra-curricular and cross- curricular settings. I have completed several temporary contracts in schools, independent venues and Creative Partnerships, delivering adult tap classes, choreographing for school plays or working with science teachers to experiment with different approaches to delivering the subject. I also delivered monthly workshops for Two Left Feet, for students with special needs and varying disabilities as large as 40-60 participants. I have worked for the following institutions; Academy of the Science of Acting and Directing, London. Langley Grammar School, St Bernard’s Convent Slough, Thames Valley University, Orchard Academy of Dance and Theatre Arts.  In 2008-2009, I taught at Hurst Lodge School Ascot,  ISTD syllabus tap and modern, BTEC and freework.

Retail Experience

2004-2008

Exposure to a wide range of people and approaches to customer services. At The National Gallery, London 2004-5 and Monsoon 2006, I developed strong customer service skills according to each company’s particular approach.  At Be Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful, I practiced a professional and friendly approach, whilst giving make-overs and make-up lessons. I have also worked as a trained make-up artist in Wedding and Television make-up.

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